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Spring Study 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
  • Abstract

    Judgement on parties and politicians. Topics: besides questions uniform at the federal level the questionnaire also contains questions only posed in individual states: 1. Federal part: judgement on the economic situation in the Federal Republic and assessment of economic development of personal household; most important political events in the last year; political interest; political opinion allegiance and assumed party preference of personal opinion leader; personal opinion leadership; attitude to state, politicians and political participation (scale); party preference (ballot procedure); certainty of one´s voting decision (percentage number); general agreement of one´s own political opinion with selected top politicians and parties (scale); satisfaction with the job of the government coalition and opposition; most important political tasks in the Federal Republic and issue competence of the parties; party inclination; issue position of candidates for chancellor as well as parties; assessment of personal importance of these issues; classification of parties and politicians on a left-right continuum; most important sources for political information; individual issue evaluation; attitude to long-term retention of government responsibility by one party; effort of the parties for selected social groups; personal identification with these groups; effects of politics on striving for happiness; satisfaction with democracy in the Federal Republic; attitude to nation-wide expansion of the CSU; attitude to unemployment and its psychological and economic consequences (scale); most important tasks of the Germans in a future European Parliament. 2. State part: in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate the following supplemental questions were posed: general agreement of one´s own political opinion with top politicians and parties in the state; party preference at state level; satisfaction with state government and opposition. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia beyond the general federal part only the question of party preference was posed at the state level. 3. Extended state parts: In Schleswig-Holstein beyond parts 1 and 2 the following questions were posed: satisfaction with school system and education policies; behavior at the polls in the last municipal election; particular advantages and disadvantages of the state of Schleswig-Holstein; attitude to a Green List or an environment party; the party that has done the most for environmental protection in the state. In Lower Saxony the following questions were also posed: attitude to an environmental protection party in state parliament; judgement on the election campaign of the individual parties; changes in sympathy for parties and top politicians due to the election campaign. In the state of Hesse the following questions were also posed: preferred governing party or coalition; attitude to municipal re-organization of political boundaries; assumed reasons for the losses of the SPD at the last municipal election. In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate the following questions were also posed: good and bad fields of work of the state government; assumed connections between occupational advancement and party membership; satisfaction with life in Rhineland-Palatinate. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; earlier and current employment; household income; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; self-assessment of social class; union membership; presence at home in the last three days between 6 PM and 8 PM; occupational change of a household member in the foreseeable future; unemployment or short time work; number of persons contributing to household income; number of eligible voters in household. Interviewer rating: interest of respondent in interview; number of contact attempts; length of interview; weekday of interview; date of interview; place of survey.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West-Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship, 18 years old or older and living in private households
Probability: Multistage; Probability: Stratified; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample). Besides the representative sample for the rest of the Federal Republic supplemental samples were drawn by over-representation in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4120
The supplemental samples in Schleswig-Holstein contain about 600 cases, in Lower Saxony about 240 cases, in Hesse about 800 cases and in Rhineland-Palatinate about 500 cases. Further Spring Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1450, 1453 1455, 1501 to 1504, 1507, 1807, 1810, 1953 and 1955. The Autumn Studies are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1452, 1454, 1456, 1505, 1508, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1954 and 1956.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1506 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-19 | Issue Number: 85 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin (1986): Frühjahrsstudie 1978. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.